Thymus capitatus is a thyme varietal that flourishes in specific parts of the Mediterranean, particularly Greece. The stout, woody purple shrubs can be found growing on the rocky coastlines and perfume the air when in full bloom.
Daphnis and Chloe's wild thyme buds are hand harvested, preserving their intense aroma and flavor. The process of harvesting and preserving this Greek herb is laborious (the most advanced tool used is a pair of scissors!), but the end result is the most fragrant thyme we've ever tasted. Trust us, you'll be a believer the minute you open the jar.
How to use
Daphnis and Chloe's wild Greek thyme flowers make a welcomed addition to sauces, soups, marinades and spice rubs. Use a mortar and pestle or crumble with your fingers. This thyme is also particularly lovely with beans. Add to a big pot of your favorite dried beans with onions and garlic, and let the aromatics perfume the legumes while cooking. To serve, ladle the cooked beans and a little of the brothy cooking liquid into a shallow bowl. Garnish with a generous pour of extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of flaky salt.
For a simple, yet flavorful Greek-inspired marinade, combine crumbled thyme blossoms with lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic and EVOO. Use to season meats like chicken, pork and lamb. Or toss with potatoes before roasting.
About the producer
Former journalist Evangelia Koutsovoulou established Daphnis and Chloe, a company that sources dried culinary herbs and spices, in Athens in 2013. The Mediterranean herbs are all grown and harvested in ideal geographic settings, which range from remote land in the mountains to small islands and allow the products to reach their prime. Daphnis and Chloe herbs are hand-picked and processed using non-invasive artisanal methods.
Try Oregano from Taygetus, which won a sofi™ Gold Award for Seasoning & Spice in 2017, Unique Greek Sage, sofi™ Silver Award-winning Wild Thyme Flowers and more. The thyme buds are cut and selected one by one and are as beautiful as they are versatile: pair with grilled vegetables, use in marinades for chicken or steep in tea.